Kenyan living in Minnesota returns to motherland to run for political seat

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It’s not often you meet a Minnesotan running for Parliament.

But it’s also not often you meet someone like Amina Keinan.

The public health nurse at HealthPartners is campaigning for a seat in Parliament in Kenya. Keinan was born in Garissa, Kenya before moving to the United States. Today she hopes her credentials – which include a Master’s of Business Administration in Health Care Management at Concordia University – and her Kenyan experience will help foster change in her native country.

“I want to go back and tell that little girl who’s just suffering like me, ‘yes, you can do it,’” Keinan told KARE 11 on Wednesday.

Keinan, who is also married and a mother of two teenage boys, is running for one of 47 seats reserved for women in the 349-member parliament. She hopes to improve women’s health, maternal health, education for girls, gender inequality and social injustice. But accomplishing all of that will require some help from her Minnesota neighbors.

To learn more about Keinan’s campaign – and how you can donate – just go to: www.aminakeinan.com.